D4: DARK DREAMS DON'T DIE - SEASON ONE
Access Games/Microsoft Studios
don’t know what I was waiting for, and my time was running wild...
David Young’s an ex-cop who quit the force to go private
dick following the murder of his wife, Little Peggy. All he has to
go on is involvement of a drug called ‘Real Blood’ and his spouse’s
final words, “Look for D...”
Sounds like a typically yawn
setup, doesn’t it? Perhaps, but D4’s actually anything but
Instead, it’s gloriously and inspirationally
bonkers – which won’t surprise those familiar with its creator,
SWERY, the mind behind the similarly whacked-out Deadly
Being an episodic adventure, for a meagre
investment you receive three chapters and as many hours of play –
more if you’re fastidious. The prologue introduces us to David’s
world via his apartment, complete with former cop partner and
freeloading cat lady. That isn’t in the typical sense, rather this
chick believes she’s a cat and her behaviour reflects it. Then you
discover that David can time travel...
If that’s too weird
for you then you won’t enjoy the two further exploits of David, as
action moves aboard an airliner populated by paranoid,
lifejacket-wearing obsessives, crazy-tall, staccato-speaking
surgeons and a verdant-headed Gaultier/Pet Shop Boy hybrid.
Despite being mostly a point-and-click affair (think
Beyond: Two Souls),
action happens, even during cutscenes, requiring on-the-toesiness.
D4’s been baked especially for Xbone, so you can dust
that Kinect and get all swipe, grabby, push – and it mostly works.
Thankfully though you can also use a controller, which mostly
works... Erm, you can swap between the two any time.
looking for clues, you have to keep track of stamina and abilities.
Helpfully, doing stuff earns stuff you can exchange for stuff via
If you’re beige, forget D4. But if
you’re attracted to things very off-kilter then please, turn and
face the strange...